How do I co-parent better after a separation?

How do I co-parent better after a separation?

Deciding to separate or divorce is a difficult and personal choice. If you have children, then one of the first considerations is to help your children adjust from being a family under one roof to a family in two separate homes. For separated parents, it is necessary to communicate about the children. If you’re feeling […]

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Your support network after a break–up

Your support network after a break–up

The breakdown of a marriage or a relationship can be a challenging time in someone’s life. There are often a mixture of emotions; denial, anger, sadness, and relief, which can change over time. You may have relied heavily on your spouse or partner for support and guidance. In a relationship, it is common for each […]

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Family mediation – what do you need to know?

Family mediation – what do you need to know?

What does a family mediator do? The mediator’s role is help a separated couple reach a mutual decision. The mediator facilitates discussion, explores solutions and helps both parties find a workable settlement. There are two types of mediators. Consider whether you see a lawyer-mediator (i.e. legally trained) or a non-lawyer mediator (i.e. a ...

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Talking to your children about separation: tips for parents

Talking to your children about separation: tips for parents

In my experience as a family solicitor and mediator, I am often asked to provide guidance to a parent (or both parents in the mediation process) about ways in which they can talk to their children about separation. Remember, there are no hard and fast rules. When parents separate, especially in circumstances when the separation was not a mutual dec...

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First meeting with your family lawyer

First meeting with your family lawyer

If you are considering a separation or divorce, then I recommend you obtain legal advice as early as possible. I am often asked by a new client: “How do I prepare for our meeting?” Below are some tips on how you can make the most of the first meeting with your family solicitor: Think about the […]

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5 tips for shared parenting during the festive season

5 tips for shared parenting during the festive season

Christmas holidays can be a difficult time for separated parents if they have not yet agreed the arrangements for the children. Unless it is not in the children’s best interests, the presumption is that the children spend time with both parents during the Christmas holidays. How you divide the time will depend on the individual […]

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Tips for an amicable handover of the children

Tips for an amicable handover of the children

Handover of the children can often be a time when both parents come into contact with each other. Even if the separation was amicable, it can still be a daunting prospect for a parent to see their former partner. In circumstances where there is animosity between the parents, handover can be used as an opportunity […]

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6 top tips for a smoother divorce!

6 top tips for a smoother divorce!

The breakdown of a marriage and subsequent divorce proceedings can be a stressful time and one or both of you may feel emotionally and financially vulnerable. In addition, there are legal fees to factor in; however, there are ways in which you can keep your legal costs down and conclude the divorce in an amicable […]

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Going abroad with the children this summer?

Going abroad with the children this summer?

The summer holidays have arrived! It’s generally a time for relaxation and spending quality time with your children. It can also be a stressful time for separated parents if you can’t agree how to share the care of the children over the summer, or your ex does not agree to you taking the children abroad. […]

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Divorce financial settlement terms explained 

Divorce financial settlement terms explained 

Below are a list of some legal terms relating to financial matters explained: Financial Remedy/Ancillary Relief – financial and property issues Statutory MIAM – a document signed by a mediator prior to making a financial application to court. Counsel – a barrister – a person who represents you in court. Periodical Payments &...

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